High Court judge grants judicial review of CSR rollout in Wales

The RSE will be compulsory in Welsh schools for children aged three and over.(Photo: Pixabay)

A group of concerned parents have been granted judicial review of the new Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) curriculum being introduced in Welsh schools this year.

Compulsory CSR lessons for children aged three and over will be rolled out to Welsh schools in September.

Topics covered in the lessons include relationships, sex, gender, sexuality and sexual health.

Welsh Government guidelines state that lessons should be appropriate to the age, knowledge and maturity of the learners.

Parents do not have the option of withdrawing their child from these lessons.

A campaign backed by more than 5,000 people expresses concern that very young children are being sexualized and introduced to “sensitive and inappropriate topics such as gender ideology”.

The campaign also claims that parents will be “disenfranchised by being denied their time-honoured right to withdraw their child from sex education.”

Judge Turner, sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice, granted the application for judicial review which is now to be heard before the start of the September term.

The parents will be represented by prominent human rights lawyer Paul Diamond.

Granting judicial review, Judge Turner said: “The issues raised on behalf of the plaintiffs involve the consideration of complex constitutional issues with potentially far-reaching consequences for parents and children.

“The defendants’ response, while not without force, is not so obviously determinative of the issues to justify the denial of leave.”

The campaign against compulsory CSR is led by Public Child Protection Wales, which is increasingly alarmed at what children are learning in schools.

He heard reports of teenage girls at a school being encouraged to ‘explore’ whether they are transgender because they prefer boys’ games and activities. At another school, vibrators were reportedly distributed to a mixed class of 12-year-olds, with the students asked to practice rolling condoms on them, leaving many girls and a few boys traumatised.

Judge Turner’s decision was welcomed by Kim Isherwood, founding member of Public Child Protection Wales.

She said: “After years of being ignored, we are delighted that the judge has recognized the seriousness of the proposed changes, the removal of centuries-old parental rights and, that the CSR program, as it stands, could have consequences important in the lives of children mental and physical health.

“In one fell swoop, the government has severed the vital partnership between parents and schools creating, for the first time, a political divide between us. Children must not be used for political ideological experiments in matters of identity and sexuality.

“It amounts to institutionalized abuse, demanded by teachers who choose a vocation to teach each child as an individual, with respect and dignity, and not to impose any ideology on them.

“School is a place to learn vital biology, how to develop relationships (with both sexes) and develop respect.

“But, as parents, we think what’s going on here is child sexualization, not child rearing. It’s a social engineering experiment that needs to be stopped.”